Make sure you watch the military personal while they are checking your suitcases and tool boxes, get out, lock the doors, then only open one door at the time!!!.
are required for anyone who wants to stay longer than 72 hours
1) There now is a 24 hr Bank at the San Ysidro/Tijuana crossing, that is open 24 hrs for paying the Tourist card fee, Banco Bilboa Vizcaya, located at the first bay (most right) of the 2nd inspection.
At the time of this writing no tourist
cards are asked for if you go for a short visit anywehre in Baja
Norte (Tj, San Felipe, Ensenada, San Quintin or LA Bay etc.)
Guerrero Negro Check Point
Santa Rosalia Immigration now has an Sub Office in the fruit inspection building in Guerrero Negro. The office is open 7 days a week, from 8 am to 8 pm, to obtain a Tourist Card; you have to have proof of recent entry (3 days or less) in to Mexico, any store receipt from the states or the ticked from the Toll road to Ensenada will do, also you have to have a Passport or Birth certificate witch will be stamped .
You must have a Tourist Card or a FM3 (FM3 if you signed a lease of any kind) to enter, visit or reside in Baja Sur, you are in violation if not having a validated tourist card or visa , if you can not make it to G.N. from 8 am to 8 pm you better get one in Tijuana or Ensenada.
(Different and additional requirements may apply at the Immigration Office in Mexico)
OF APPLICATION: giving name, place and date
of birth, sex, marital status, occupation and final destination.
The income required may
consist of rents, pensions or income from interest or cash deposits in
banking institutions, which can be proved with a notarized letter from
a bank or government office from where the applicant receives his income,
to the effect that instructions have been given for the proper transfer
of funds to him in Mexico, in the minimum required amounts. If applicant’s
income derives from a Mexican bank or investment, written proof must
Applicants must submit their paperwork in person. It takes approximately 1 to 2 working days to issue the F.M.3
FM-3 "Lucrativo", WITH PERMISSION TO WORK: is a special permit issued to authorize foreignors to legally work in the country of Mexico. They are obtained in Mexico and it is suggested that you contact the department of immigration for the current requirements.
you have to get it stamped like the tourist Card at entry on page
3 within 90 days of issue, and in addition to it, within 30 days from your
entry date on page 3 you have to register it and get it stamped on
page 6 in the district where you live or use it!! At
this time or at the time of renewal, the office where you register
will like to start a file on you since all your paper work was done and
is at the consulate. (You need translated Documents and photos 4cm
x 4cm, b&w, 3 front views, 2 right profiles, taken in a studio no instant
ones are aceptable, no glasses, no makeup, no jewelery, no beards, and
the hair must be pulled back, expect to pay 100-300 pesos to have them
done. The cheapest way to get translations is, look close to your Consulate
for a translating Notary Public, have him translate and notarize your documents,
cost ca. $20, and then go to the Consulate and have them legalized
at the entrance desk, most times this is a free consulate service.) Fines
have been from $400 to $500 US at the time when the person got checked
or wants to renew it if your FM3 does not have the required stamping on
pages 3 & 6.
Baja Sur recently has been divided into several Immigrations regions.
La Paz still will be the overseeing Office for the State of Baja Sur.
* Each year it is a different ballgame. The rules come from Mexico and are changed very often. It is defenative the best & most easy way to get your first FM3 in the states, if you need any special papers they are easy to get and certification of documents cost nothing or very little at the Consul or a nearby translating Notary, but thereafter the renewal has to be done at the local Office. Be shure to save a certified copy of all your documents, you may need them at the first renewal which has to be done in Mexico. Also once you started a paperwork, there is no way to start a new one in another office .